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Help buying a P-90 guitar

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by BarneyFife, May 19, 2006.

  1. BarneyFife

    BarneyFife Supporting Member

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    Going down to Wolfe Guitars tomorrow to buy a P-90 guitar. Trying to get that old school sound. Maybe a little T-Bone Walker or something in the 50's era sound.

    Of these which would you choose:

    1. Gold Top Heritage H535 with Duncan Phat cat P-90’s
    2. Hamer Artist MH w/ P-90’s (photos attached)
    3. Heritage slab body H137 with Lollar P-90’s

    If not one of these what would it be?

    Thanks in advance.
    Butch Ballard
     
  2. AJ Love

    AJ Love Senior Member

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    Now, this is just my opinion, but when it comes to P-90 equipped guitars, there's Lentz and then there's everybody else...
     
  3. soulohio

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    3. Heritage slab body H137 with Lollar P-90’s
     
  4. A440

    A440 Silver Supporting Member

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    if hunting Heritage at Wolfe, I would say #3

    the junior/special vibe is it. mahog body and P-90's are the combo !!!
     
  5. guitarman_1

    guitarman_1 Silver Supporting Member

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    +1 on ther Heritage. They are killer!
     
  6. BarneyFife

    BarneyFife Supporting Member

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    The Lentz guitars are gorgeous. What is the wait/build time on them?

    I have a Heritage 535 already and have nothing but good things to say about it. So the advice on the 137 sounds promising.
     
  7. Dana Olsen

    Dana Olsen Gold Supporting Member

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    +1 about the Mahogany body/ P-90 combo.

    Throw a wrap or stud tailpiece in there and it'll get you close to where you want to be. I like the Lollar P-90's for the vintage vibe too.

    Dana
     
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    I would recommend an Hamer Special. Slab body, all-mahogany, and 2 P90's. I have one with a wraparound tailpiece and it's a great guitar. However, keep in mind that if you get any Hamer with P90's you'll probably have to replace the P90's to get a vintage sound since Hamer uses a SD HotP90 in the neck and a CustomP90 in the bridge. I think they're great, but lots of people dislike them and they're definitely not vintage.

    -Austin
     
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    I recommend a Gibson R6 (1956 Re-Issue Goldtop with P-90's)
     
  11. straightblues

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    I am a Hamer player. I can't stand the feel of the Heritage stuff. I have played a lot of them and they just never feel right to me. Maybe you will be different.

    As far as Hamer for T-Bone Walker stuff, you should be looking for a Newport with Phat Cats. That is what I play. I have an Artist Mahagony as well and the Newport just kills it as far as T-Bone tones go. Having said that the Artist is a very nice guitar. It does great classic rock tones.

    I have Hamer Specials and a Jr. as well. I have Lollar pickups in them all and they sound great. They get the raw vintage P90 tone but not T-Bone stuff I use the Newport for that.

    Good luck on your search.
     
  12. BarneyFife

    BarneyFife Supporting Member

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    This is great info everybody, thanks, and please keep 'em coming, believe me I'm listening. BB
     
  13. Da5Id

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    Just order a Thorn, spec it out however you want, and there you go! Of course, I'm biased as I did just that last week.
     
  14. straightblues

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    BTW, if you really want to get the T-Bone sound, you will need to install a push pull pot with a phase switch so you can switch to the out of phase sound when both pickups are engaged. This is a large part of T-Bone's sound. You can find a wiring diagram on the Seymour Duncan site.
     
  15. graydane

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    Order a Thorn to your specs. Wait is there but you'll never regret it.
     
  16. sanhozay

    sanhozay klon free since 2009

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    Old school 50's tone is a Hollowbody. Think big. Big strings. Big wood. Big tone.

    Cheap and T-Bone up the wazoo is an Epiphone Blues Deluxe.

    ES175

    Casino

    ES335 will put you in the zone

    Gretsch 6120
     
  17. Leucadian

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    +100000!
    ...I have both of his new P-90 equipped models...although I've been primarily a strat player, these guitars are rewarding me every time I pick 'em up.
     
  18. floobeedust

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    Epi zephyr blues deluxe will nail what you are going for...and as playable as any gibbo..you will want to buy 2 its that good..yaeh I have the booteek gear ....and this epi has tone that cracks the smile.
     
  19. zappafrank

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    straightblues beat me to it---I do that with all 2 x p90 guitars I own or have owned---including my 63' 330, and it's a great T-Bone thing---Think HOLLOW if you really wanna get authentic T-bone, but I can get the 'vibe' with my 56' Historic RI Les Paul, as well---

    I actually have an ES-5 copy (ambered blonde, w/ 2 Gibson P90's and 1 Fralin p90 in the bridge) that is wired like an early one (no switches, just blend the 3 volume knobs and 1 tone knob for many tonal variations, including straight T- Bone---)---but it's 'on the block' right now, just 'cause I have TOO many guits!

    anyway---good luck w/ yer search!:JAM

    ac
     
  20. BigDoug1053

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    Dunno about T-bone, but this baby is one of the best guitars I have ever bought:

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